MEMBER NEWS: NSTA boosts North Sea technology use with innovative knowledge-sharing contract

November 7, 2022
MEMBER NEWS: NSTA boosts North Sea technology use with innovative knowledge-sharing contract

Oil and gas production will be boosted and net zero targets supported thanks to a new partnership between the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) and an online platform encouraging the innovative use of technology across the UK Continental Shelf.

Following £27,500 NSTA investment, UK suppliers can post details of their technologies free of charge on the UK Energy Technology Platform (UKETP) ( together with relevant field experience. This information can be seen by UK operators and other potential buyers – who will also have free access to the site.

Previously, free access was restricted which inhibited use of the platform. This pilot will give UK suppliers the opportunity to promote their technology to a wide market of potential users.

Once suppliers are on the platform, their technologies will also be visible to potential buyers around the world.

There are currently 128 live technologies on the platform from around 100 UK suppliers, out of a total of 880 technologies surveyed by the NSTA in 2020 (Technology Insights). In Q3 2022, 3,165 UK individuals visited the site. This initiative expects to generate a significant increase in companies posting their equipment and potential buyers visiting.

In addition to showcasing their products, the suppliers can also name companies which are already using the equipment, so potential buyers can see that the technology is already proving its worth in real-life situations.

To sign-up go to UKETP (

Ernie Lamza, NSTA Senior Technology Adviser, said: “The idea is basically very simple. These technologies are proven to have benefits
across the North Sea in safety, exploration, production, the drive to cutting emissions, assisting the energy transition, supporting carbon storage and renewables.

“We want more users to be aware of their existence and deploy them in their projects. For a relatively small investment, we can help to realise more of the massive potential of the North Sea.”

This project complements the NSTA’s Energy Pathfinder portal. This platform allows licensees to advertise available contracts to potential suppliers. The site was recently relaunched with greater numbers of maintenance and operation contracts and renewed support for energy transition projects.

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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